With the recent grand jury decision in St. Louis not to indict police office Darren Wilson, a spotlight has been placed on how grand juries works. Commentator Matt Andres looks what exactly they juries do.
In this week's Legal Issues in the News, commentator Jay Kesan brings us up-to-date with a copyright infingement case brought against the classic rock band Led Zeppelin regarding one of their biggest hits, "Stairway to Heaven."
Recently, two high-profile court cases have looked at the question of what racial makeup constitutes a jury of one's peers. Commentator Matt Andres discusses how juries are picked and if there are inequities in these pools.
When it comes to the law, we all think we have a right to our day in court. But that is only one aspect of the due process clause. The U.S. Constitution also limits the reach of courts and protects defendants. More from commentator Verity Winship.
There is a lot that goes into preparing a court case. One aspect involves the collection of information by both sides. Commentator Verity Winship helps us understand how the law has to balance a person's privacy against the pursuit of justice.
Professor Jay Kesan directs the Program in Intellectual Property and Technology Law at the University of Illinois College of Law. You can hear Legal Issues in the News each Monday on Morning Edition or listen online at will.illinois.edu.
Do you know if that monthly poker game is really legal? Commentator Matt Andres discusses current Illinois gambling laws and how recent decisions in other states might influence future laws in this week's Legal Issues in the News.